Confessions of a Community College Administrator

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John Wiley & Sons, Dec 14, 2012 - Education - 176 pages

Written by Matthew Reed, the formerly anonymous author of InsideHigher Ed's most popular blog, Confessions of a Community CollegeDean, this book offers keen insights, a frank discussion, andsuggested solutions for the many issues that are unique tocommunity college administration.

In Confessions of a Community College Administrator Reeddescribes the current landscape of community college leadership andaddresses some of the fundamental questions that face communitycolleges. Who does a community college actually serve? How doadministrators really make budget decisions? Where do the roots ofthe "permanent crisis" in higher education lie? How are full-timeand adjunct faculty best balanced?

Throughout the book, Reed offers guidance and encouragement forthe next generation of community college leaders. He examines a setof proposed solutions from outside academia, then turns to othersolutions emerging from inside the community college world thatalso show potential for success.

Confessions of a Community College Administrator is filled withrealistic, and ultimately hopeful, advice on how to step back fromthe day-to-day administrative struggles and gain some perspectiveon the larger picture. Reed offers administrators useful andproductive directions for constructive change.


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Matthew Reed is the author of the popular blog Confessions of a Community College Dean for Inside Higher Ed. He is vice president for academic affairs at Holyoke Community College and has been a full-time and adjunct faculty member, associate dean, and dean at for-profit and community colleges. He lives in Massachusetts with his wife and two young children.

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